Music Monday – Michael Buble: Santa Baby

This is one of those songs that’s cute and all about the material things one wants for him or herself for Christmas. The song itself is harmless, but it fits completely with the thoughts of one of my characters in my upcoming book Christmas Wishes. In the story, Santa’s son and lead reindeer (shifter) Rand, believes that humanity is nothing less than spoiled and greedy and he wonders what it’s all for…

The book will be out next week.

What’s on your Christmas list for Santa to bring?

~lissa

10K Weekends For Writers – December 1-4, 2016

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It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted this challenge and well, that’s my bad. I try to do it every week, but I get busy and with Thanksgiving 7 days ago, I was a little busy.

But I’m back at it and that means you have a chance to be back at it, too.

I am working on finishing up Christmas Wishes for release, then I’ll be working on finishing up the writing for Just A Kiss…At Christmas, and the revisions for The Swing.

What are you working on? Do you need word count? Well… If you didn’t just write the hell out of NaNoWriMo and need to get to work before Christmas actually does get here, why not join me this weekend?

The rules are simple…

Add your name to the Linky down below.
Leave a comment of your starting word count today.
Use the hashtag #10kweekendsforwriters on social media to stay in touch.
Grab the button on the side to add to your blog if you want.
Come back Sunday evening and comment with your final word count of the weekend.

That’s all.

So, let’s write!

~lissa




Music Monday – Baby, It’s Cold Outside

I love this version of the song. I love Joseph Gordon-Levitt. And I have incredible respect for Lady Gaga and the voice she’s got, the talent she possesses.

It’s the Monday after Thanksgiving and here in Charlotte, it’s gloomy and chilly and it’s feeling a little different today. I haven’t been in the holiday spirit and I don’t know that I will at all this season, but it never hurts to try with a little music…

~lissa

Where There Is Gratitude…

For the past 3 months, I have been keeping a gratitude log. In it, I add a quote for the month, and each day I write down 3 or more things I am grateful for… It could be anything from coffee to a text from one of my kids to the ability to cook to polar bear adoption to writing to getting a good night’s sleep. But 3 things, at least.

I started the log because I wanted to learn how to be more grateful, to be more consciously thankful for every day things. I can get so stressed out about money or the lack there of, about family, about writing, about our most recent political election. I wanted to teach myself how to take the simple things and be thankful. How to smile when things feel most unsettled.

Has it worked? I don’t know. I’ll admit that some days I struggle to find 3 things to be grateful for, while on other days, like today, I struggled to stop writing all the things down.

I am more aware of things like my impatience and my rush to judgment. I am more aware of the things I can’t control and the things I can. I am more appreciative of friendships and the relationships I have with my kids. I am more aware of things that I like and that make me smile. So, in those respects, yes, perhaps a daily gratitude log has helped me become more aware of things around me and more self aware.

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This is an image I colored a few months back on a phone app. I don’t use it anymore, but I thought it was pretty and wanted to share it with you.

In the USA, it’s Thanksgiving Day. As a nation, we have a lot to be thankful for. We also have a long, hard road ahead of us. I am grateful for many things about this country, but I am not so grateful about others. I am, however, hopeful that in the coming weeks and months, I will continue to add to my gratitude log and find myself more open and compassionate.

I think we, as humans on this planet, could all do with a little more openness and compassion toward one another, the animals that share this world with us, and the Earth itself.

~lissa

Music Monday – Halestorm: I Am The Fire

It’s no secret, or shouldn’t be that I love hard rock and heavy metal. I grew up in the 80’s when glam rock was all the rage. I will be honest and say that I thought I would grow out of it. I’m 45 years old. Shouldn’t I be listening to something milder? Not still wanting to bang my head? Maybe. I don’t know. But so far, I still love it. I still love the rawness, the screams, the hard beats that you can’t find in any other sort of music… It makes all your insides jump until your blood is pumping in a way that you didn’t know it could.

Halestorm is one of my favorites… And this song… This is one that I’ve needed lately.

“Am I brave enough
Am I strong enough
To follow the desire
That burns from within…”

You’ll hear more from them in weeks to come…

~lissa

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